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Assistant Professor in experimental physics (ricercatore universitario)

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy.  Classe di Scienze.
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 - 56126 PisaRoom 76A (3rd floor)
Phone: +39-050-509608  

Associated to the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa
Edificio C - Polo Fibonacci Largo B. Pontecorvo 3, 56127, Pisa - Italy
Room 258 (2nd floor)
Phone: +39-050-2214392

Research activity

High energy particle physics. CP violation in charm and bottom flavored hadrons.
The body of my research is focused on high energy particle experiments, at the energy frontier, with a keen interest in CP symmetries in the charm and bottom quark systems. I am involved in the the most important measurements of branching ratios and CP-violating asymmetries in the hadronic decays of  D and B mesons, and L0b baryon, with the aim of testing the Standard Model predictions in searching effects of New Physics.  

I am member to two HEP Collaborations: LHCb and CDF. 
  • LHCb (standing for "Large Hadron Collider beauty") is one of seven particle physics detector experiments collecting data at the Large Hadron Collider accelerator at CERN, here bunches of protons collide at a center-of-mass energy of about 8 TeV. LHCb is a specialized b-physics experiment, that is measuring the parameters of the quark-mixing matrix (Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa, CKM) and the CP violation in the decays of b- and c-hadrons. Such studies allow a widely test the reliability of the SM and hadronic calculations. It can help to explain the Matter-Antimatter asymmetry of the Universe which is one of the most important open issue in the HEP today. The experiment is located close to Ferney-Voltaire (France)  just over the border from Geneva (Switzerland). LHCb is currently taking data.
  • The Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) experimental collaboration studies high energy particle collisions at the Tevatron particle accelerator, where protons and antiprotons collide at a center-of-mass energy of about 2 TeV. The high energy available for these collisions makes it possible to produce heavy particles such as the Top quark and the W and Z bosons, which weigh much more than a proton and a plenty of heavy flavored hadrons: D and B mesons.  The main goals of CDF collaboration are the search for the Higgs boson (first hint are observed only recently), study of top quark properties, CP violation in the B and D mesons system, measurement of CKM matrix parameters, etc. The detector CDFII is located in Batavia close to Chicago (USA). CDFII ended data-taking in September 2011.
I do research in:
  • Search of rare processes, never observed, in the bottom and charm sector;
  • CP violation in B and D decays, and in the Lambda0_b baryon.
  • Measurements of Unitarity Triangle parameters with a keen interest in the gamma angle measurement, the least known CKM parameter.
  • Oscillations in the B and D neutral mesons system.
I am also involved in the R&D of:
  • Very fast track-reconstruction algorithms to be implemented on dedicated hardware (fpga);